Ah...I was looking forward to this. Now that I've seen it, I'm not entirely sure why it was up for Oscar contention. This wasn't good.
Meryl Streep is a goddess among actresses, but this role...Thatcher. Not cute.
Meryl Streep is pretty great in this. One could write her performance off as simply an impression of Margaret Thatcher but I think she brings more to it than that, especially when she plays her in her later years. The film itself is average, its biggest problem being the decision to use montages to gloss over Thatcher's controversial time as Prime Minister which is a story interesting enough that it should have gotten better treatment. At least Streep is there to make it worthwhile.
A clear example of what happens when there’s an outsize focus on one aspect of the film. This is a showcase for Meryl Streep, who is phenomenal, but it FEELS like a showcase. It’s a sizzle reel, all highlights and no shape.
Meryl Streep is forced to carry a lot of movies, and this one more than most. No other aspect of the film works: the story breadth is too large, the editing too chaotic, the cinematography cheap. Even small details like green screens and photoshopping are poorly done. I don't think the writers knew what they wanted to achieve with this movie because it wasn't flushed out enough to be a biopic and put so much of the film through the lens of her dementia that it seemed to be hinting at a desire to be a psychological thriller, but failed at that as well.
A humane but politically novice account of one of the most interesting political figures of the 20th century.
If you want to know all the details about Baroness Thatcher's years in office - read a bloody book. It's not a documentary and I wonder why some critics expected it to be an analysis of her political decisions. This is a FEATURE film, focussing on HER as a person. It is a cross-section through what a diseased old woman regards as turning points in her life. And keep in mind, the film is based on her daughter's memoirs.
Watching films that won Oscars 6/20
Won the Award for best actress and makeup.
ONE THING COULD HAVE REALLY HELPED THIS MOVIE
I THINK THEY SHOULD HAVE GOT HER ONE OF THESE
I did not like the direction of this film or the editing in the first half
Good central performance by Streep and I liked young Thatcher too,
Got sick of her husband appearing lol
Other Oscar winners watched so far:
Man On A Wire 4/5
Officer and a Gentleman 4/5
Days of Heaven 3/5
I watched five minutes of this on TV now and it reminded me how bad it is. The director should be shot. Streep is good, but like so many of her performances lately it feels like an empty shell. It stirred nothing in me, instead all i felt was, 'wow, she looks quite a bit like maggie t'. So this movie doesnt really have anything going for it.
'The Iron Lady' - is Meryl Streep ever not on top of her game? Well, here she doesn't disappoint as Margaret Thatcher. An interesting biopic of the rise of Thatcher to Prime Minister, covering some of the more prominent events in her tenure. I am not overly familiar with her life story, so am not sure how accurate it all is, but overall i found the film engaging, and it's Meryl's performance that really draws you in. Told in flashback as she struggles to keep sane after the passing of her husband.
As a Margaret Thatcher biography it might fall a little short, but as a portrayal of an ageing woman losing herself to Alzheimer's, I found this a really interesting watch.
Also, Harry Lloyd as the younger Denis Thatcher might be the most charming person I have ever seen.
Jag gillar porträtteringar av människor, och den här är inget undantag. Mycket bra skådespeleri.